Community Based Ecotourism
Kinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
The MESCOT Initiative is fundamentally concerned with
protecting the forest habitat, wildlife and biodiversity of the
Lower Kinabatangan while preserving the livelihood of the
local population. The MESCOT Initiative was founded by the
local indigenous people (”Orang Sungai”) of the Batu Puteh
community in 1997 who formed a village-based cooperative
(KOPEL Ltd) in 2003 to coordinate the villager’s conservation
activities and their community-based ecotourism activities.
KOPEL seeks external funding to sponsor the MESCOT
Initiative Forest Habitat Restoration and tree planting
activities. KOPEL funds its own program of Lake Restoration
and removal of Salvinia molesta. This activity is supported by
the income generated by its ongoing ecotourism and
The community of Batu Puteh and biodiversity conservation in
the Lower Kinabatangan is indebted to the hard work of all
local villagers and volunteers alike, as well as the ongoing
support of visitors and private and government agencies that
support this initiative.
For more information or to arrange a stay contact KOPEL Office
The Lower Kinabatangan
A fascinating part of Borneo and Asia, the massive Kinabatangan River flows swiftly for 560km out of the
rugged mountainous interior of the Island to the north-east coast in the Malaysian State of Sabah. Most
of its upper reaches are steaming uninhabited jungles. The Lower Kinabatangan slows immensely to
meander through an endless floodplain. Constantly inundated this area today forms the agricultural
heartland of Sabah.
What remains of the native rainforests along the floodplain is both unique and amazing, for its geography,
rainforest biodiversity, and the astounding array of wildlife species still able to survival in the ever
Take a walk through out website, or better still come at visit us, to learn about Borneo’s tropical
rainforests, our diverse cultures, and help us save this remarkable part of our planet....
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